Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Hopefully this little girl will bring a smile to your face, as she did to ours. We met her today and her spirit was contagious. She was so happy to walk she was giggling the whole time. We also met her PT - A woman from the US who has been volunteering in Haiti on and off for almost 20 years. You could see the bond the two had developed. It was really fun to see.
We spend much of our day stuck in traffic and I thought this photo might help you see part of the problem. The city is so dense many people have nowhere to put their tents, so they've set them up in the road. Of course this reduces the amount of space available for cars and there are more cars brought in by all of the aid organizations. At least these streets are open. There are many that are closed because tents are set up across the entire road. We see temporary shelters being built and rubble being cleared so hopefully some of these families will have a better place to call home soon.
We are listening to and watching a storm roll in and are very thankful for a roof over our heads, although I will admit that after the 4.4 aftershock on Monday I completely understand why many Haitians do not want a concrete roof over their heads. I find myself making an exit plan when we go deep inside a building.
On a brighter note, it's Al's birthday tomorrow - we're going out for dinner with two friends tomorrow night. We're looking forward to it!